What is involved in a Tooth Extraction?
Sometimes it is recommended extracting one tooth at a time or possibly focus on one area of your mouth at a time. The tissue surrounding the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic before removal. Once the area is numb, the tooth is removed, bleeding is controlled, and if necessary, sutures (stitches) are used to close the gums. The staff may prescribe or recommend over the counter medications to help control any post-procedure pain or swelling.
A Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth.
Extractions are offered for many reasons such as:
- a tooth has sustained damage or decay
- a Root Canal is not an option to save the tooth
- making the space for the placement of a Dental Implant
- advanced gum disease
- preparing the mouth for braces or other orthodontic treatment
- creating space in a pediatric patient's mouth for adult teeth to grow
There are two types of extractions.
Regular Tooth Extraction. A tooth that has fully emerged through the gum line and can be removed easily via extraction.
Surgical Tooth Extraction/Oral Surgery: A tooth that is still under the gumline and potentially under the jaw bone may require a surgical removal. An incision is made along your gum line to open the area for removal of the bone covering the tooth and the tooth.
Please note, Dr Chen will determine if an oral surgeon is necessary.